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Fine art Giclee prints have been around for a little over twenty years. Giclee is pronounced, zhee-clay, and is derived from a French word that simply means a spray of liquid, which is what inks do in the printers used for this method. It is a word created by the man that helped develop fine art Giclee prints, Jack Duganne. A loose definition of the term would be digital prints made with high quality ink-jet printers that are used by galleries, businesses and artists. This type of work is also used by people who are involved in archiving.

For the artist and their world, how do fine art Giclee prints come in to play?  They can use this method to produce any of their computer generated works, photographs or reproduce pieces of their original work. When it comes to reproducing their work this method allows them to have better control over their image productions and color. It gives them the ability to make either a single copy or multiple copies. It also tends to be less expensive, which is another reason more artists are using this for reproduction work.

The production of pieces is unbelievably accurate and detailed. As soon as an image has been saved digitally, it can be reproduced with little extra cost. It can also reproduce scanned images, 35mm slides and negatives with the highest quality. It also allows images to be produced in almost any size, some as large as 64”x 200”, and put in to different types of media. The quality of this work has been recognized by both galleries and museums and is commonly used in their process of reproduction work.

So, how do fine art Giclee prints get made and how long can they last?  The person doing the reproduction can use a number of very large 8-color to 12-color ink-jet printers that are made specifically for this type of work. With advancements in technology in regards to this type of equipment, this has made fine art Giclee prints possible. Archival inks are used that give an average life span of a piece of work up to two hundred years if kept out of direct sunlight. The original piece is scanned on to a drum scanner and then archived. Then the image can be produced on to any paper medium, like archival adhesive paper, water color paper or canvas. Some companies are also offering production on different types of metals. Many people say that the duplicate is an exact replica of the original, if not better in color. They can also be coated with mediums that give the illusion of the brush stroke and a 3-dimensional texture. This helps give the appearance of it being an original piece.

Many people have balked at buying duplicated or reproduction pieces, but with this technology and method being used more and more, those lines are being blurred. It is also opening the door for people who couldn't otherwise afford original pieces, but can afford reproduction work. Isn't artwork something that everyone should have access to in order to enjoy? This application makes that possible.


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